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Trublet, the "Journal Chrétien," and Protestantism: An Ecumenism of Convenience?

Graham Gargett
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 92, No. 1 (Jan., 1997), pp. 36-47
DOI: 10.2307/3734683
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3734683
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

The little-known "Journal chrétien (1754-1764)" is usually portrayed as uniformly reactionary and intransigent, yet its attitude towards Protestantism shows this to be an oversimplification. Perhaps unsurprisingly, during his time at the Journal (1758-1760), the abbé Trublet, moderate by nature and endowed with a wide range of literary contracts, not only eulogized the works of 'heretic' pastors such as Jacob Vernet and Jacques Abbadie but also praised Protestant countries, in particular England. More unexpected is the stance of the abbé Joannet, the Journal's editor during its ten-year existence (1754-64). Violent condemnations and reminders of Huguenot rebelliousness alternate with grudging admissions that alliance with Protestants may now be a necessary evil in these times of irreligion. This modified attitude surely indicates how far the philosophes had struck at the heart of intellectual Catholicism, even before 1760.

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